12.10.10 — One Note

Friday, December 10, 2010

Puzzle by Elizabeth C. Gorski, edited by Will Shortz

JOHNNY ONE NOTE (33A. With 36-Across, “Babes in Arms” tune that’s apt for this puzzle), along with a smack-dab-in-the-middle-of-the-puzzle eighth note in a sort of pixilated style is the main feature of this tough Friday crossword, divided by said eighth note into four parts. Incidentally, that great little musical of "Babes in Arms" also featured “I Wish I Were in Love Again,” “The Lady Is a Tramp,” “My Funny Valentine,” and “Where or When” -- the 1939 film version, HERE.

Other across — 1. Dealers’ dreads, NARCS; 6. Clothes hangers?, SALES TAGS; 15. Plant whose roots are used as detergent, AMOLE; 16. Something you can bank on, POOL TABLE; 17. Tart flavor, PECAN; 18. Totally assured, as victory, ALL SEWN UP; 19. Two-time U.S. Women’s Open winner, INKSTER; 21. SET A date; 22. Like swift streams, EROSIVE; 23. People who have been 45-Downed, INS; 26. Air-gulping swimmer, GAR; 27. Went wild, RAN AMOK; 28. What flounder flounder in, NET; 28. Grp. Knocked in “Sicko”, AMA; 30. Needle point?: Abbr., ENE; 31. Alternative title of “Mack the Knife”, MORITAT; 37. Sodium BORATES (cleansers); 38. Like some people resisting arrest, TASERED; 39. It might accompany a bar line, LEER; 40. N.Y.C.’s Washington HTS; 41. “IT’S A date”; 42. Stuck, in a way, BEMIRED; 47. Kitties, POTS; 48. 99 times out of 100, AS A RULE; 49. Spot for a tot, PRESCHOOL; 54. Stethoscope inventor Laënnec and others, RENES; 55. Early 19th-century engineering marvel, ERIE CANAL; 56. Bill Bradley, once, KNICK; 57. Where cells are of little use, DEAD SPOTS; 58. Friends and such, SECTS.

Down — 1. Inventor of logarithms, NAPIER; 2. Dualistic Egyptian deity, AMEN RA; 3. “All right, dude!”, ROCK ON; 4. Superb, CLASS A; 5. What a motto encapsulates, SENTIMENT; 6. Dupes in some mailboxes, SPARE KEYS; 7. Park of AIM; AOL; 8. Part of many an AIM chat, LOL; 9. P.G.A. Tour Rookie of the Year two years before Woods, ELS; 10. Femme canonisée: Abbr., STE; 11. Fancy shooters, TAWS; 12. One who surrenders, ABNEGATOR; 13. MSG component, GLUTAMATE; 14. Apart, SEPARATED; 20. Tennis’s Goolagong, EVONNE; 23. Being reserved, IN MOTHBALLS; 24. They may be incubating, NEONATES; 25. Accents, STRESS MARKS; 32. Like Bach’s second violin concerto, IN E; 33. Author of “Chasing the Dream: My Lifelong Journey to the World Series”, JOE TORRE; 34. Aeschylus trilogy, ORESTEIA; 35. Dogged, HARASSED; 37. Appeared on screen, in a way, BLIPPED; 43. Rich of old films, IRENE; 44. Like some tattooed characters, RUNIC; 45. Give a seat to, ELECT; 46. Anchors’ places, DESKS; 50. Dupes in some mailboxes, CCS; 51. Chance, HAP; 52. Dweller near Central Park’s Strawberry Fields, ONO; 53. Kind of flour, OAT.

Johnny could only sing one note
And the note he sings was this

Poor Johnny one-note sang out with "gusto"
And just overlorded the place
Poor Johnny one-note yelled willy nilly
Until he was bleu in the face
For holding one note was his ace

~ Johnny One Note from Babes In Arms, lyrics by Lorenz Hart, music by Richard Rodgers


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